DIY Disasters

Summer is a great time to indulge in a spot of DIY, and you may be feeling inspired to spend part of it carrying out a few home improvements.

While for many people, DIY is a fun and productive way to spend their spare time, you should be aware that more accidents occur during the summer than any other time of year, and unfortunately around 220,000 DIY enthusiasts are admitted to hospital each year.

If you’re taking on a few home improvements this month it is important to be aware of the risks and what to do following an accident.

Faulty tools & equipment

DIY equipment is capable of causing a serious injury if it is faulty, and with around 87,000 enthusiasts injured by tools and machinery each year, even the simplest job could turn into a potential nightmare.

While tools and equipment should go through extensive safety checks before they reach the shelves, it’s not impossible that you could end up with a faulty product. If you are unfortunate enough to be injured by a defective product or faulty electrical equipment then you would be perfectly entitled to make a claim against the manufacturer or the person who sold it to you.

Enthusiasts should take additional caution when hiring DIY equipment, taking time to acquire adequate safety equipment and advice from the hire company before using the tools. As long as you have complied with instructions and procedures, any injuries caused are likely to be the fault of the manufacturer or the store you hired them from.

Faulty workmanship

If DIY goes beyond a few minor repairs and redecorating, you may hire someone to help you with your home improvements.

If you have paid a tradesman to carry out work in your home and you are seriously injured as a result of unsatisfactory work then you would be entitled to make a claim against the tradesman or their employer. While most professional companies will have procedures and checks in place to prevent this type of thing happening, negligence by another person is common and if something has not been fitted or fixed correctly, you could end up seriously injured.

If you have been injured in a DIY disaster or as a result of the negligence of a workman then you may be entitled to seek compensation.

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